Bostonian looking for a Los Angeles experience
Welcome to LA, babyblue!
Allow me to offer a few eclectic suggestions for your dining experience and pleasure:
11288 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
LA’s own, original “Sushi Nazi”. Itamae Kazunori Nozawa commands a very traditional sushi bar ands serves up some of the freshest and finest sushi to be found anywhere. No reservations. Be prepared for a brief wait. Sit at the bar and enjoy the omakase-only offerings. Trust him, he will do you right. Whatever you do, DON’T ask for a California Roll unless you relish being used for entertainment purposes. Nozawa may first strike you as being standoffish, even rude. Trust me, he is one heck of a nice guy with an unwavering concern for affording his patrons the best there is. Service is Tokyo style meaning that you’ll be served one item after another in rapid succession until you signal that you’ve had enough – as fast as 30 minutes for a full round. Open for L/D Mon-Fri, Noon-2pm/5:30-10pm. Casual.
955 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Park's BBQ is widely recognized as LA’s premiere Korean BBQ restaurant due principally to the quality of its meats, including Kobe (Wagyu) beef and “Tokyo X” pork selections. I know of no other KBBQ restaurant that offers comparable meat quality. Two Japanese Korean-style establishments, Anjin and Tsuruhashi – both in Orange County come to mind. However, for genuine Korean BBQ in LA, Park’s wins hands-down over any other, including IMHO, the venerable Soot Bull Jip. The raw Dungeness crab and the spicy black cod are excellent complements to the exemplary meat selections. Great panchan too. Superior service. The staff virtually insists upon cooking your selections for you to ensure their proper preparation. Open Sunday-Thursday 11–Midnight, Friday-Saturday 11–2:00am. Casual.
641 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Try to fit Pizzeria Mozza into your plans for lunch, dinner or late night. Greatness personified! Start with a wonderfully flavorful antipasti followed by chicken liver crostinis with guanciale. For the main, be sure to include the fennel sausage pizza with panna, red onions and scallions. The guanciale pizza is extraordinary albeit a bit salty. The Bianca pizza with fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere and sage is awesome. Superb service and wine pairings. They are open continuously from Noon to Midnight daily. Reservations are essential. Casual.
RH at the Andaz
8401 W. Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
RH, located in the Hyatt West Hollywood, offers a wonderfully delicious, French-inspired menu. Chef Sébastien Archambault, holder of a Michelin Star, portrays his incredible talent in each and every dish. Among the standouts are the superb Petaluma duck confit, the boneless suckling pig, slow-cooked for 12 hours and the signature RH burger and truffle fries. The dessert offerings are equally noteworthy including the warm chocolate cake with English toffee and the apricot tart with almonds. Dazzling contemporary architecture exudes casual elegance and serves to supercharge your dining experience. Prepare to be impressed.
1050 S. Flower St, #102
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Serious, traditional, alta cocina (high-end) Mexican/Latin cuisine at its finest. The vibe, the drinks and the food are all world class. Genuine jamon iberico de bellota pata negra is all that it's cracked up to be. Handmade tortillas with embedded dried flowers are served with a delicious guacamole, aptly referred to as “Indian butter”. The duck enfrijolada, kurubota pork chop and sautéed cod are outstanding choices. Reservations are necessary. Open weekdays 11:30-2pm, 5:30-10:30pm, Sat 5:30-10:30pm, Sun 5:30-10pm. Casual to dressy-casual.
While Rivera may be LA’s finest Mexican restaurant, the humble taco truck stands tall as LA’s quintessential come as you are Mexican dining experience. Two of the best are located in mid-town just a few blocks apart:
El Chato - Olympic & La Brea (daily after 9pm) - Great carne asada, buche, cabeza, chorizo, carnitas, lengua, tripas, etc. The al pastor is sliced off the trompa then grilled.
Leo's Tacos – Venice & La Brea (daily after 8pm) - Superb al pastor right off the trompa (vertical spit) and onto your tortilla. Everything else is very good as well.
Enjoy your stay.
Gjelina is a must. In Venice, on Abbot Kinney - a real LA experience and fantastic food, not formal, great atmosphere.
Musha is another idea, in Santa Monica, for japanese tapas. I echo the Animal recommendation, also a must.
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA
For the true LA experience, the food quality tends to drop off. You are looking at staples like Spago, Pink's, Roscoe's, In-n-Out. I would agree that Animal is the Hot Spot (for food). Three musts are the poutine, maple foie gras, and the pork belly sliders. Reserve now as it's popular. CUT is a popular LA vibe steakhouse. The Bazaar for drinks and decor, The Ultimate Gin & Tonic and the Passion Fruit Martini are addictive. Umami Burger is my favorit burger joint.
Ah yeah, back to sushi, Urasawa is the best $500pp, next I would consider Sushi Zo and Nozawa my favorites
For cheaper eats Pizzeria Mozza, Kogi BBQ Truck, or Langers. Wurstushe's sausage's are hit or miss, but the truffles are consistent good.
If it was my weekend, I would skip sushi. Dinners at Animal and CUT.Lunch at Mozza and Kogi. And get drinks at Bazaar and Copa d' Oro.
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
There was a recent thread about a sushi place in Beverly Hills (Kiyokawa) that sounded really good. We have not been, but you can read about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7220...
Kiyokawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
265 S Robertson Blvd Ste 10, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Was going to suggest Kiyokawa as well! and Animal...
if you wanted to go "otherly ethnic," there's Monte Alban for Oaxacan, Mariscos Chente for Sinoloan Seafood, Jitlada Thai, Rahel for Ethiopian, Musha for izakaya...
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066